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... how heavy these same suitcases had become). We dutifully presented ourselves at meals at the required times, we rotated seats on the bus as required by the Tour Director, and obeyed all bus rules.
It has been a most interesting experience. Mostly, the people on the tours have been friendly, interesting and from many different backgrounds and nationalities. 2 very memorable tours!!!!
Forgot to mention, watching ...
... at least 2kms, towards the water, by the time we got down there my hip was killing me. First time it has troubled me since we left home. We weren't too far from the ship but I couldn't walk any further as it was causing me pain in the right knee as well, so Brian and I caught a taxi the rest of the way. The traffic was so busy that Jeanette and Lee who walked beat us, and it cost us 45 lira. (Ripped off ...
... is presenting at a conference in Konya. We will meet Angie on Sunday in Konya for a day. This is where the Sufi poet Rumi is from. I have really come to appreciate his work. Here are few of my favorites:
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation
Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise so I am changing myself
I want to sing like the birds sing, ...
It's cold and wet today. We are driving to Yalova to catch the ferry back to Istanbul. At Iznik, an ancient town, founded 1000bc, which has the remains of roman walls around the it, was the meeting of christian councils in 325 ad which shaped and united todays christianity, is situated on the edge of a large lake and it is the centre of the Turkish decorative tile industry. We stop for coffee, we would like to look around but it raining so hard, we decide not to. ...
... queue for the Blue Mosque. Age before beauty, thought we, and opted for Justinian's glory at the Hagia Sophia.
I could wax lyrical ad infinitum about my favourite building in the world, so I won't; suffice it to recall that when the Emperor saw it completed, he raced to the entrance, claiming "Solomon, I have surpassed thee!". He wasn't wrong. (B: I totally agree!)
We strolled down past the Sublime Porte, through Sirkeši ...